The Producers Reviews

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TIME Magazine
August 12, 2008
The Producers has many things going for it -- notably a wild, ad-lib energy that explodes in a series of sight gags and punch lines.
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 12, 2008
Mel Brooks has turned a funny idea into a slapstick film, thanks to the performers, particularly Zero Mostel.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2008
Everything that can go wrong in an amateur film does go wrong, from the timing to the structure to the pitch of the performances.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Brooks' first feature, an absolutely hilarious and tasteless New York Jewish comedy about Broadway.
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Renata Adler
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Some of it is shoddy and gross and cruel; the rest is funny in an entirely unexpected way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 1, 2002
The one aspect of the original Producers that still stuns is the roaring, over-the-top, in-your-face thereness of its two lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 19, 2002
The film is ripe with treasures worth rediscovering.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
September 13, 2002
This shamelessly low-brow, fearlessly satirical Brooks movie may just be Hollywood's ultimate satire, a furiously witty 'reductio ad absurdum' worthy of the great Augustans like Pope and Swift.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 4, 2002
Brooks's magnum opus is still a ferocious gale of bulldozing Jewish mockery, dominated by Zero Mostel's comb-over juggernaut.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 8, 2001
The star not only indulges himself gluttonously, but the director seems to be doubled up with laughter at how funny he is being through Mostel; and the film bloats into sogginess.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is one of the funniest movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4